Having fixed the last of the sensor stations, the crew decides to head back to the town and regroup. The triplets are still at large, however Ashley is done with this world. Dirt and bugs everywhere. No where can a proper latte be found – she wants to move on. She marches straight to the Mayor's office and tries to bluff her way into getting the data so that they can leave this backwater world. She explains that the sensor network is fully repaired and they have slain many of the beasts. The mayor was overjoyed at this news. Ecstatic, she exclaims that she and Ashley will walk out together to walk to examine the corpses. Trust but verify – that's what her pappy taught her. It eventually comes out that they aren't exactly certain the beasts that were slain were the triplets. They also needed help trying to figure out how to use the sensor network, which was more advanced than the models available in The Network. Outwitted, Ashley seeks refuge to pout and leaves in a huff.
After a few attempts at using the scanners, Tomi eventually locates a heard of 23 of the beasts about 20km from the town. Never would such a congregation occur if the triplets were not present. Slug determines that the safest course of action would be to relay the sensor data back up to the Greenbeard, and use the ships weapons to blast them from orbit – it's the only way to be sure. The plan sounds simple, safe, and effective – everyone heads back upstairs. After some deliberation, they decide to use a single shot from the particle barbette. The resulting radiation exposure should be limited to the immediate area and shouldn't be dangerous to the town at this distance.
Bullseye. A single blast obliterates most of the heard, the remaining few drop to the deck unconscious. There is some debate over whether to use a second shot or to mop things up using another method. Tomi manages to strap the gatling laser to the GTFO with surprising ease. They head down and pelt the remaining vlard from a safe distance. Video evidence of the assault is sent back to the Mayor as the crew heads back toward town.
The Mayor quite pleased with the arrangement, offers up whatever information they need to continue. The crew immediately starts tossing terms around like 'computer' and 'data dump' – the Mayors eye's momentarily gloss over before she states that Saga Jordan will be the one who can assist them with their needs. Saga has been studying the old records her entire life. She is quite pleased share her passion on this subject with the crew. She arranges to transfer what records she has been able to recover to the Greenbeard as she rattles on about The Ancients and The Droyne.
The crew also queries her on both Terra and the Third Imperium. Explaining that the colony was setup some 150 years ago by the Imperial University to study the temple on this world. They are believed to have been related in some way to The Ancients. The Third Imperium closely guarded most information about the Ancients, which they estimated to be at TL25. The colony, being formed so far beyond the Imperium's borders, allowed the research to continue in privacy. Some 25 years after being founded, supply ships stopped coming. The residents were forced to abandon research and focus on making their community self sustaining. They were able to maintain their technology at first, but little by little things slipped when they were unable to fabricate replacement parts. No one knows why the supply ships stopped coming, they have been essentially trapped on this world for generations with no outside contact. When asked about Terra and The Rule of Man, she states that the Second Imperium, as it was also called, fell some 3000 years ago. After it fell, a period called The Long Night washed over this region of the galaxy as the knowledge of interstellar travel was lost for nearly 2000 years.
She is convinced to accompany the crew to the temple and aid in their investigations. Ein relays scan information from the Greenbeard to the GTFO while they are on route. They see that there is a weird energy signature coming from the area, but are unable to identify where exactly or the nature of that energy. The scans show that a mountain has had it's top flattened and the temple hewn from the rock underneath. There are a series of stair wells and chambers though out which lead back to the floor of the jungle. Arriving, the GTFO and lands on the roof of the temple. Everyone disembarks and begins to explore the area. There are many hieroglyphs present which Saga is able to at least partially translate.
One are of the carvings seems to show a sphere on top of a mountain with weird bird looking things next to it, Saga says she believes these are Droyne. Through her research, she believes that the writings indicate that a primitive Droyne culture once lived on this world. They believe they were brought to this place by a race of gods. The way this planet is depicted, it seems much larger than their point of origin. Droyne were known, in the Imperium, to prefer planets of a lesser gravity, this would have been a difficult world for them. The primitive Droyne would come to this temple on the longest day of the year with gifts, filling the chambers of the temple – hoping their gods would return and show them favor. There are depictions of sick and injured Droyne being carried to the temple but then leaving under their own power.
The crew spends hours trying to determine the source of the energy signature but to no avail. Ashley is even convinced to come down from the Greenbeard and lend assistance once it is demonstrated to be reasonably safe. Ultimately, Ashley and Tomi put their heads together and have an inspired idea – they realize that this day is the summer solstice on this world! Perhaps they need to make an offering to the gods. The mining drones are reprogrammed to harvest the crops laying in untended fields and bring them here. They also leave a watch and a ton of advanced manufacturing goods in one of the temple chambers. Suddenly, the entire temple begins to glow with a blue-black light emanating from the floors/walls/ceilings. The crew decides to enjoy the light show from the roof of temple while enjoying some brownies provided by Dr. Phil. Apparently Phil had biologically engineered a pot brownie plant. The brownies sprout right out of a plant, ready to eat.
The crew instantly begins feeling better – all wounds are healed. Even old wounds such as a missing eye and long lost leg from early in the Traveller's careers are regrown, gently displacing the basic implants. In a final flash of blue-black light, the offerings disappear and everyone feels more intelligent (+1 permanent increase to stat).
A position with the crew is offered to Saga, however she is unconvinced to leave her husband. She does offer to trade some information regarding some interesting botanicals on this world in exchange for some help restoring some of the lost technological capabilities on this world. A deal is struck – the information for 2 tons of Advance Manufactured Goods. An additional offer is extended to the guard they met on first arrival, however he too was not interested in leaving his family.
Taking their leave, a course is plotted for Zisurar.
All players are granted 8 weeks of training for completing this story arc. (plus one for the week of travel to Zisurar)